One piece Barbie dress, prep work required

I found this little nugget on Pinterest for a woman’s dress and immediately saw the genius in being able to use the simple pattern to sew dresses for Barbies. I don’t really sew so the project has to be muy simple or I can’t do it.

The idea was good but the execution a total crap shoot. After 2 dresses I did learn how to do it properly so now you’ll know and be able to do it right the first time!

Not all Barbies are created equal. Believe it or not, they have different measurements. The first dress I made was too tight to rise over her prodigious rear but it did go over the ballerina Barbie’s rear. So, you will have to measure from seam to seam as it were.

Since Barbie is molded plastic, she has a plastic mold line going down the right and left sides of her body from her armpits to her ankles. When you measure around Barbie, you will need to measure from seam to seam. For my Barbie model it worked out thusly: and in cm, not inches:

Shoulder to shoulder- 6 cm
Around the boobs- 7 cm
Waist- 5 cm
Rear end- 7 cm

I added 0.5 cm seam allowance but a full 1 cm would be ok too.

Now you need to measure the distance from her neck to her various curves so you’ll know where to draw them on the material.

Neck to armpit- 2 cm
Neck to boobs- 4 cm
Neck to waist- 6 cm
Neck to rear end- 8.5 cm

Head opening, 3.5 cm and I have no idea how to hem that, probably just fold a ribbon down over the raw edge and sew in place. Take your material, fold it in half and draw a 3.5 cm half circle right at the fold. Extend the rest of the dress out from there.

the rough handdrawn shape

the rough handdrawn shape

draw in your measured lines

draw in your measured lines

Add the outline of the dress

Add the outline of the dress

hem, probably whip stitch, but don't sew the armpits shut.

hem, probably whip stitch, but don’t sew the armpits shut.

you sew the top of the arm piece, not the bottom

you sew the top of the arm piece, not the bottom

Crochet Barbie ball gown free pattern

I’m calling this The Petal Dress.

Barbie Petal Dress Ballgown

Barbie Petal Dress Ballgown


Again, apart from the 30 sc around the elastic, the entire rest of the pattern is copyrighted by me, Anna Merlini. You can use it to make your own Barbie sundresses if you give me credit for the pattern and link back to this blog. You can’t use my pattern to make Barbie dresses to sell.

Barbie Petal Dress Pattern

You will need one hair elastic 1 inch in diameter, 2 different coloured yarns (or three, as I used), and #4 and #7 crochet hooks.

The bodice and petal part (pink and green) are crocheted in the round in one piece and into the BACK LOOPS ONLY of each sc and hdc.

Bodice

Rnd 1- Using the #4 hook, put 30 sc in the elastic, join to first sc with sl st. After this there will be no joining so you may want to mark the end of your rounds.
Rnd 2- hdc in first sc, 2 hdc in next sc. (hdc in first 2 sc, 2 hdc in next sc) around. 40 hdc
Rnd 3- hdc in ea hdc around. 40 hdc
Rnd 4- (hdc in first 2 hdc, hdc2tog) around. 30 hdc *NOTE: to hdc2tog, hook yarn over needle, dip into the back loop of the hdc, pull up yarn (like a normal hdc so far) but don’t pull it through the loops on the needle. Dip hook into back loop of 2nd hdc, wrap yarn, pull through, now pull yarn through all 4 loops on needle.
Rnds 5-9: hdc in ea hdc around

Switch to #7 hook but remain in back loops only
Rnd 10- hdc in ea hdc around
Rnd 11- (hdc in first 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around. 40 hdc
Rnd 12- hdc in ea hdc around.
Rnd 13- (hdc in first 3 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around. 50 hdc
Rnd 14- hdc in ea hdc around.
Rnd 15- (hdc in first 4 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around. 60 hdc
Rnd 16- Sc in ea hdc around, sl st last 4 hdc. Finish and weave in ends.

To add the skirt

Turn dress inside out. Attach yarn in second colour to what amounts to the front loops of the 2nd row done with the #7 hook (the increase to 40 hdc row). Hdc in ea hdc around. Make sure that the right side will be facing out when you turn the dress right side out.

I am actually going in the wrong direction in this photo.

I am actually going in the wrong direction in this photo.

With the dress inside out, you should be crocheting in the other direction.
Rnd 2- (hdc in first 3 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around. 50 hdc
Rnds 3-4: hdc in ea hdc around
Rnd 5- (hdc in first 4 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around. 60 hdc.
Continue hdc in ea hdc around until dress is long enough. Finish and weave in ends. It works out to roughly 19 rounds, depending on your yarn and tension. When you are nearing the end of the last round, do 8 sc, then 4 sl st.

Crochet Barbie dress free pattern – sundress

I made this as a sundress because that’s as much yarn as I had. I was aiming for ball gown, but my daughter loves this one just the same.

I’ve also been thinking that I need to broaden my patterns to be a little more visually interesting, so here we go. Again, apart from the 30 sc around the elastic, the entire rest of the pattern is copyrighted by me, Anna Merlini. You can use it to make your own Barbie sundresses if you give me credit for the pattern and link back to this blog. You can’t use my pattern to make Barbie dresses to sell.

sky blue crochet Barbie sundress

sky blue crochet Barbie sundress

Crochet Barbie Sundress Pattern

You will need a #4 and #7 crochet hook and a hair elastic 1 inch in diameter. You only need one ball of yarn.

The bodice part of the dress is crocheted into the BACK LOOP ONLY of every sc and hdc.

Rnd 1- Using the #4 hook, put 30 sc in the elastic, join to first sc with sl st. After this there will be no joining so you may want to mark the end of your rounds.
Rnd 2- hdc in first sc, 2 hdc in next sc. (hdc in first 2 sc, 2 hdc in next sc) around. 40 hdc
Rnd 3- hdc in ea hdc around. 40 hdc
Rnd 4- (hdc in first 2 hdc, hdc2tog) around. 30 hdc *NOTE: to hdc2tog, hook yarn over needle, dip into the back loop of the hdc, pull up yarn (like a normal hdc so far) but don’t pull it through the loops on the needle. Dip hook into back loop of 2nd hdc, wrap yarn, pull through, now pull yarn through all 4 loops on needle.
Rnds 5-9: hdc in ea hdc around

Switch to #7 hook but remain in back loops only
Rnd 10- hdc in ea hdc around

From now until the end of the dress you will be working through BOTH loops of the hdc
Rnd 11- (hdc in first 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around. 40 hdc
Rnds 12-13: hdc in ea hdc around.
Rnd 14- (hdc in first 3 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around. 50 hdc
Rnds 15-17: hdc in ea hdc around.
Rnd 18- (hdc in first 4 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around. 60 hdc
Rnds 19-25: hdc in ea hdc around. When you come to the end of the 25th round, make 8 sc, then 4 sl st, then finish and weave in ends.

Knit Barbie skirt free pattern

My daughter is quite taken with Barbie (da pwincess) so I started, or rather tried to start, knitting clothing for the doll.  I am a rather proficient knitter, on two needles.  I know myself well enough to know that 4 needles would only frustrate me.  But that was all 15-20 years ago right?  I’m older, smarter and if not more patient, wise enough to breathe rather than frustrate.  The gown is knit on 4 needles with the rather cryptic warning “divide 121 sts bet 3 needles being careful not to twist the stitches”.  And by the way, trying to learn a new skill with 121 stitches and 2 toddlers is like performing brain surgery on an open battlefield.  Of course I twisted the stitches and promptly gave up.

…some time later… The Barbie Skirt

(The tank top is not that good so I’m not sharing the pattern.  The skirt is very good.)

The Barbie Skirt

knit 2 the same and sew them together

Cast on 26 sts, K 1 row, P 1 row, K 2 rows (this will form fold for hem).

St st 16 rows (K1 P1)

1st dec row: *K 2 tog, K 6; repeat fr * across, end with K 2 tog.

P 1 row

st st 8 rows

2nd dec row: K 2 tog, K 5, K 2 tog, K 4, K 2 tog, K 5, K 2 tog

P 1 row

st st 4 rows

3rd dec row: *K 2 tog, K 4; repeat fr * across

P 1 row

st st 2 rows

4th dec row: *K 3, K 2 tog; repeat fr * across (12 sts).  K 2 rows (forms top hem), P 1 row, K 1 row, cast off.  Fold over both hems and sew in place, put elastic through top hem and sew both pieces together.  I can’t logically explain how to sew this thing into a skirt (it’s not hard), but I’m confident that you are an intelligent person and can figure it out.

Knit Barbie dress free pattern – strapless tube dress

Rather than the 120 sts Barbie evening gown pattern of knitting in the round strike 1 fame, I opted for a 27 sts tube dress for my second attempt at knitting with 4 needles.  I managed 2 rounds of stocking stitch with the only problem being that it was supposed to be garter stitch.  That means I somehow did it upside down and inside out.  I then made use of the prodigious brain God gave me and converted the pattern from 4 needles to two.  Believe me, my piece of paper looked like a coded plan for a rocket launcher.

Original http://knitting.about.com/od/patternsfortoys/ss/Hourglass-Doll-Dress.htm if knitting in the round floats your boat.

Here’s my 2 needle pattern.  The only important thing is to use 3.25 mm needles or the dress won’t fit Barbie’s particular figure.  I am not encouraging the bare shoulder look for my daughter; I am encouraging the “you are 2 and while you and your brother are biologically incapable of leaving me alone for the few seconds it would take to pick the wheat bran out of my teeth, you can certainly slide a tube dress on and off a Barbie all by yourself without needing me or needing to whine/get frustrated about it.”   

The Barbie’s name is L’allowee which is toddler-speak for Fraulein Maria from “The Sound of Music”.  The name is derived from the yodeling goatherd song.  I love this movie, as does my daughter, it’s the only english musical I enjoy.  I know all the songs and can make L’allowee dance and sing much to Daughter’s delight.

Barbie Tube Dress Pattern

This dress doesn’t use up much yarn and you are knitting it from the top down.

Using 3.25mm needles, cast on 27 sts, K1 P1 to end of row for 2 rows.  This creates seed stitch border at top of dress.  Beginning with a K row, st st 10 rows.

To make the waist:
(K5 K2tog) to last 6 sts, K4 K2tog.  P 1 row.

(K4 K2tog) to last 5 sts, K3 K2tog.  P 1 row.

(K3, inc in next st) to last 3 sts, K3.  P 1 row.

(K4, inc in next st) to last 3 sts, K3.  This makes the waist.

St st until piece measures 5 inches from cast on edge.

To make ruffle at bottom of dress:
K1 (yo, K1) to end of row.  K 2 rows.

K1 (yo, K1) to end of row.  K 1 row.  Cast off.  Sew up seam and Barbie’s robust bust will hold the dress perfectly in place, not like in real life where you’d need a reverse velcro bra and duct tape.

The other nice thing about this dress (I’m thinking ahead here) is that it’s easy to put in an envelope and mail to a grand daughter I may have one day.

Knit Barbie ballgown free pattern

Evening gown, princess dress, whatever your little darling wants to call it.

Evening gown, princess dress, whatever your little darling wants to call it.

…because necessity is the mother of invention.

Once again the internet did not contain any free patterns for Barbie princess dresses, so I made one up. It’s copyrighted by me but I give you permission to use it as long as you give me credit for it and don’t use it to sell Barbie dresses.

Barbie Evening Gown
Start at bottom. Using fuzzy yarn (purple in this case) cast on 80 sts on 3.25 mm needles. K 2 rows.

Change to main colour (teal in this case) and beginning with a K row, st st 8 rows.

(K8, K2tog) to end – 72 sts. St st 7 rows.

(K7, K2tog) to end – 64 sts. St st 7 rows.

(K6, K2tog) to end – 56 sts. St st 7 rows.

(K5, K2tog) to end – 48 sts. St st 7 rows.

(K4, K2tog) to end – 40 sts. St st 7 rows.

(K3, K2tog) to end – 32 sts. St st 5 rows.

(K4, K2tog) to last 2 sts. K last 2 sts. – 27 sts. St st 5 rows.

To make the waist:
(K5 K2tog) to last 6 sts, K4 K2tog. P 1 row.

(K4 K2tog) to last 5 sts, K3 K2tog. P 1 row.

(K3, inc in next st) to last 3 sts, K3. P 1 row.

(K4, inc in next st) to last 3 sts, K3. This makes the waist.

Continue in st st for 8 rows (end P row). Cast off.

Note: I made this gown sleeveless so my daughter can put it on and off L’allowee (the Barbie) all by herself.
2nd Note: I made a second dress but sewed beads along the bottom rather than use fuzzy yarn.

Knit Barbie cape free pattern

My son, daughter and myself had gone to visit our new neighbours who have a boulder wall.  Four of the five collective children are able and allowed to play on the boulders, the baby who recently acquired the gift of bi-pedal locomotion is not.  Naturally she climbed anyway while her mother and I were on the porch drinking coffee.  Suddenly Baby takes a turn for the worse, goes kettle over can, and her face is rapidly approaching a large chunk of rock while her feet tickle the underbellies of passing flies.  Her mother made a futile leap to try and save her but we all knew she was too far away.  From out of nowhere, since we weren’t watching her, my 2.5 year old daughter clutches Baby around the waist and rights her, no harm done.  We clapped, cheered and praised and when I told Hubby what had happened later that evening so he could clap, cheer and praise, Daughter responded “Uh huh, you have ta be cawful holding a cat”.  She meant Kiki, the kitten, who it turns out was the highlight of the whole visit and the only news worth spreading.

knit Barbie cape free pattern

knit Barbie cape free pattern

So I’m knitting a cape for L’allowee (the Barbie).

Cast on 30 sts.  K 3, yo, k2 tog, k to end of row.  This forms button hole.

K 27, turn, k to end of row.

K 24, turn, k to end of row.

K 21, turn, k to end of row.

K 2 rows.

Repeat these last 5 rows 14 times, cast off and add button.